You might have thought the TWAP had all gone a bit quiet apart, that is, from the sounds of roadworks and car engines idling in York Street. It’s all about the fancy Dan paving stones don’t you know? But things aren’t totally static. In fact, our awkwardly phrased headline is specifically designed to tell you otherwise.
A building of some kind is going up on the old Royal Mail Sorting Office site. We’re not sure whether it’s actually part of the planned development (it doesn’t look like it) but there it is nevertheless, like a zit on a teenager’s face that’s appeared out of nowhere. Is it the beginning of something more serious or is it just something that’ll soon disappear? We’re reckoning on the former.
Meanwhile the work to redevelop Twickenham Station is still almost getting underway. We’ve already had longer platforms installed. Now, on Sunday 15th there’ll be no trains through Twickenham on the grounds of “station and bridge work”. Is this the next step en route to the big build? There’s not been much information forthcoming about the timetable for Solum’s construction scheme. We’re looking forward to the developers sharing their secrets with us, especially about what work will be completed in advance of the 2015 Rugby World Cup and what will take place afterwards. With less than 2 years to go it would be nice if the powers that be were inclined to share a teeny bit more on the subject. Or, perhaps we shouldn’t worry our pretty little heads about it.
We’re after your top Christmas tips to help with the 2013 festive season. See them here. Or maybe you want to know more? Then read on… It’s a fact that Christmas always used to be better in the past. Right? Right!
Christmas display, Corto, Church St.
Whether it’s the Christmas of one’s own childhood, desperately hoping for a Hot Wheelz set, a My Little Pony, a Tracy Island, a Tinky Winky or some other piece of overrated plastic that you’d soon tire of, or whether it’s reminiscing about times gone by that you never actually experienced but have conflated with some of your own memories, things were just better. We’re talking about the year that it snowed when Great Aunt Agatha took you to Macy’s
department store for Christmas dinner with Bob Cratchit, Aled Jones, James Stewart and a cowardly lion. It all happened. Didn’t it?
Similarly, in 100 years’ time, little children will be sitting around their floating eco-homes, next to a hologram fire delighting in family stories about the wonderful days of old: the tale about the magical Christmas of 2013. The sound of increasingly frenzied clicking as great-great-grandma did her last minute shopping on a thing called the internet, the broken keyboard and subsequent descent into hell (or Kingston if that was closer). About how she trudged to the Post Office in the sleet to collect a parcel that the postman had apparently tried to deliver but taken back to the depot – the big reveal being that the whole family were actually at home at the time but reached the door too late for the delivery man, but just in time to see the hastily written “We called but you were out” card settling on the doormat. After all that fun it’s no wonder the “Thank you for the socks” letter was superseded in 2014 by an emoticon of a smiley face that rolls its eyes… but only when you look away.
Mucho commento at El Brute towers, on the interwebz and in the pages of the Richmond & Twickenham Times about a 20mph speed limit being applied (or rather, not) in Manor Grove, North Sheen.
A slow day for traffic?
El Brute recently turned down a request for a 20mph limit in the street on the grounds of a low response to its consultation. Then contrast this with a petition on the same subject signed by a majority of the householders in the road which ‘proved’ that support was there all along. Since then it’s become a “he said, she said” debate about levels of support, party political activism and other such stuff that you’ll just have to look up for yourself if you can be bothered.
Be warned. We’ve fired up the plagiarise-o-meter machine, topped up the tank with highest grade liquid rip-off and set the controls for the heart of Twickenham. That’s right, it’s heading for the beating heart of our town and it’s set to explode in a ball of festive fury, tinsel and overcooked sprouts on Christmas Day itself! Here’s some stuff to keep you occupied in the meantime. Whether it’s Christmas lights, festive fairs, a pantomime or rugby at Twickenham Stadium that you want, we’ve got it all below. Or at least some of it…
OK, we’re going make this real easy for you. You want categories? You got categories. Just click n go.
Other Christmas events (err, like the ice rink)
Panto & Theatre
Music & Comedy
Other Useful Links
Want to see the place you love light up, like Terry’s All Gold? Here’s how…
Twickenham Town Centre – Friday 22nd November
Expect big crowds in Church Street for Twickenham’s Christmas lights. Events kick off in the afternoon. There’ll be craft stalls, Punch & Judy shows, a band from the Royal Military School of Music. Mayor Meena Bond and the vicar from St Mary the Virgin, Rev Jeff Hopkin-Williams will be pushing the illuminations plunger at 6.30pm. Expect plenty of mulled wine, mince pies, festive music and a whole lot of milling. Worth a visit.
More info: TTBA
Twickenham Green – Saturday 14th December
Rumours of another Chrimble do on Twickenham Green on 1st December turned about to be false. Last year’s inaugural event all got a bit wet and muddy, the snow machine was vetoed by greater powers (apparently) and the official light turner-oner Rob Brydon got rather hidden by crowds of (mostly taller) people. For whatever reason, it just didn’t happen again in 2013. However there will be a small local event on Saturday 14th December at 5.00pm on Twickenham Green. More details pending but we’re reckoning on some carols, mince pies and a glass or two of mulled wine.
If you’ve ever wondered what it might be like to see the likes of the Blue Baron in a speed skating duel with the Yellow Knight, or Councillors Marlow and Head dancing on ice to Ravel’s Bolero or maybe even Scott Naylor and Gareth Roberts in a ‘Blades of Glory’ style grudge match then you won’t have long to wait. Well, to be honest, you will have a very long time to wait because these things will never happen, but at least El Brute HQ will soon have the capability to host such scenarios should the need arise. Do what? We’re talking about this winter’s ice rink in the grounds of York House, of course.
It almost happened last year but it’s definitely going ahead this winter. It’s on the internet so it must be true. In fact it opens on November 30th. OK, so a rink over the York House tennis courts might not have quite the same pulling power as gracefully gliding around in front of Hampton Court Palace or Somerset House but a temporary Twickenham rink could do well. It also gives a brief nod to local history and the days when Twickenham had its own rink. In fact, this Twickenham Alive organised event seems to be following that bygone tradition by emphasising the Richmond angle just as the old Richmond Ice Rink in East Twickenham did. The new “Richmond Rink” will operate in the grounds of York House, Twickenham from Saturday November 30th to Sunday January 12th. There’s more detail on the link below.
Ice rink here?
Stories of Councillors skating on thin ice or making embarrassing slips will, no doubt, be added to this website as appropriate. And who knows, with his penchant for a spot of ballroom dancing we might even see St Vincent de Cable turning up to have a go. In the meantime you can ponder on which of our Borough councillors might be awarded top marks from a panel of independent local judges. Hey, perhaps our very own Twickenham Advisory Panel could be enlisted to do the judging. They’d just have to hope that El Brute were prepared to go along with their recommendations. Or perhaps a skate-focused consultation could be run, just to break the ice so to speak.
Tickets are now on sale. Happy skating.
* Twickenham Alive Richmond Rink
* Previously on twickerati (Oct 2012)
We generally don’t give individual events their own story on the main news feed of this site. Why? It’s a careful blend of editorial policy and sheer laziness, that’s why.
SPEAR Christmas Carols (click to enlarge)
But we’ve made an exception here because it relates to the excellent local charity SPEAR. Based in Twickenham but working right across the borough of Richmond, SPEAR help homeless and other vulnerable people to transform their lives, build new skills and increase their self-esteem. The event in question is a fundraising carol concert on Wednesday 4th December, 19.00 to 21.00 at St John the Divine Church in central Richmond. The Richmond Choral Society will be there to help make you sound good and, of course, there’ll be mince pies too. Tickets cost £10 for adults and £5 children.
P.S. You can find out more about SPEAR on their website and we’re sure they’d happily take a donation from you if you felt inclined. And you may remember that last year we raised money for SPEAR in a ‘Christmas appeal’ through the generous donations of readers of this website. That donations page is still live and so if you want to donate through that page we’re sure SPEAR would happily accept that too.
* Click the image above to enlarge for more carol concert info
* More details from email@example.com
* SPEAR website
* Twickerati appeal for SPEAR London donation page (2012 but still live)
Stunning! That’s our opinion of this photo by Eel Pie Islander, Michele Whitby. The next time it’s cold, grey and raining use this to remind yourself about what you like about this part of London.
Autumn colours, Twickenham
[copyright: Michele Whitby]
El Brute has a pile of (your) dosh up for grabs to repair cracked pavements and fix pot holes in the streets of the 14 “villages” around the Borough.
A village street.
That’s right, if there are lanes in your village that can’t be fixed by chucking a bit of extra straw into them or which those damned farm carts keep churning up then you can apply to the Council to get them sorted out. Each village has a £35,000 pot hole to spend (did you see what we did there?) although how many cracks and holes that will repair isn’t stated.
If you want to get your hands on a slice of the loot you can either fill in a form or apply online. The deadline to nominate your favourite piece of sub-optimal street environment for the ol’ El Brute makeover is 13th December. Oh, and anyone who spots a crack in those shiny new York stone pavements in York Street will have the Blue Baron himself to deal with. And you can bet your bottom guinea that that won’t be pretty.
* Community Roads & Pavement Fund